WASHINGTON – President Clinton threw his support behind the F-22 Raptor yesterday, saying it would be a mistake for the United States to abandon plans to produce the next-generation stealth fighter, which has become a target of House budget-cutters.
WASHINGTON – It used to be easy to tell the hawks from the doves on Capitol Hill, but the dogfight over Lockheed Martin’s prized F-22 Raptor has left even veteran budget watchers wondering where the battle lines are drawn.
WASHINGTON – The outcome of tomorrow’s presidential election could affect the nation’s judicial system well into the next century. Legal experts believe that as many as three Supreme Court justices could retire in the next four years, allowing the next president to give an ideological tilt to the nation’s highest court.
WASHINGTON – With billions of dollars in federal money at stake, including as much as $1 billion in Texas, the Supreme Court may soon settle a heated partisan debate over how the Census Bureau counts Americans.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court yesterday took the steam out of efforts by Haggar Corp. to produce pants tariff-free in Mexico. The court said the Customs Service has wide latitude to determine whether U.S. firms violate import regulations.
WASHINGTON – The Census Bureau cannot use statistical sampling to enhance the accuracy of the 2000 Census for allocating congressional seats, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday.
WASHINGTON – For years, pension funds have been among the more sacrosanct of the sacred cows grazing on Capitol Hill. But in the 104th Congress, sacred cows, including pension funds, are being herded toward change.
PARIS – Europeans have an affinity for things American. They wear Levis, eat Big Macs, idolize Hollywood stars, and, fortunately for the Pentagon, fly U.S.-made jet fighters.With that in mind, the Defense Department is at full throttle trying to sign up European and other allies to share the staggering $250 billion cost of its Joint Strike Fighter program.
WASHINGTON — After 17 controversial years of the B-2 stealth bomber, congressional negotiators effectively sealed the fate yesterday of the last Cold War bomber program, deciding against making any more.
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s Joint Strike Fighter – the expensive replacement proposed for three existing planes – may get a boost from America’s British allies, who are considering it as an alternative to European fighters.
WASHINGTON – A bill to end the cable industry’s stranglehold on the market for subscription home television is winding its way through Congress and may soon allow satellite TV providers to offer local stations to their customers.
WASHINGTON – Many of the industry observers testifying before a Senate panel yesterday said the Chinese probably gained little from their work with American satellite companies that would have caused China’s missile capabilities to leap ahead.
WASHINGTON – It was the first time since World War II that Congress had voted on a declaration of war. The action came a day after President Clinton approved the activation of up to 33,000 military reservists to serve in the Balkan conflict.